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Address: Th Sisavangvong (main road to town), Luang Prabang, Laos
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This is a great authentic, traditional and religious ceremony that would have been an interesting experience had it not been for the inappropriate behaviour of lots of tourists... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is a great authentic, traditional and religious ceremony that would have been an interesting experience had it not been for the inappropriate behaviour of lots of tourists who had their long lense cameras and flashes in the faces of the novice monks receiving alms. To the point where one person had their lense nearly resting on my shoulder and... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The alms giving ceremony is very quaint. The problem is since the crowd is large there were a few people who somehow thought it appropriate to get within 5-10 feet of the monks and take flash pictures before sunrise. Others were talking loudly during what should have been a quiet service. It's a shame a few bad apples ruin it... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It's really worth getting up at 5:00 am--you must get in place by about 5:30. Over 300 monks come by with their alms bowls, and you can buy cooked rice or snacks from vendors, or arrange tobring a large bowl from your hotel. BUT YOU MUST GIVE THE RICE OUT WITH YOUR HANDS--BE SURE YOU HAVE WASHED YOUR HANDS OR... More 

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Goderich, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We arrived at the spot arranged by our tour company and waited for the Monks to arrive and accept the cooked rice as alms. It was 6 a.m. Since I am not a religious person this was not my cup of tea but some folks did appreciate/enjoy it. The folks that slept in didn't miss much IMHO.

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Sterrebeek, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

If you want do it, please receive first all explanation from local people and buy, or better, prepare yourself your rice.

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Singapore, Singapore
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

You've read it before, along the main road it's selfie sticks, talking to monks, shouting, and bus loads of tourists. Monks emptied out all the crap they had been given by people into plastic bags at end of row. Stayed about 5 mins in that location as was such a sham. On a previous day I walked around my local... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

What a unique and humbling experience to be able to give alms to these monks. Our trailfinders guide had ensured a local lady had set us out a mat with sticky rice and other treats - and the respectful white shoulder sash, so that we might experience this special occasion - very very humbling and extrordinary

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

By 5:45am, we were ready for the alms giving ceremony. There were many stalls opened , selling necessities for offering. The monks were from different temples, coming in groups, appearing at different times. We had enough to offer, felt achieved after the ceremony. There were just as many onlookers, who wasted no time in taking photos of the alms giving... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A must do. Early each morning the monks 200 of whichapprox? Walk through town and take offerings of food. Beware of women selling you loads of rice at expensive price. Take nice fruit or other with you that you can put in lots of bowls.

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Appreciate the tradition and need behind giving alms. I bought food and participated respectfully sitting with shoes off and looking down I handed monks sticky rice and biscuits that were provided to me to buy (woman selling didn't have change for me so she gave me more food without explaining, but it's very little for me. Just would have liked... More 

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